No Emails Please, I'm Meditating: 9 Mindblowing Manifestations in Mindfulness
I'm Meditating: 9 Mindblowing Manifestations in Mindfulness
In 2016, I started meditating every day. That's right. Every. Single. Day. I started meditating when I realized that life doesn’t always go the way you want it to, right? Whether it’s a minor inconvenience like a parking ticket or a major setback in your finances (like losing a client), or in your relationship (finding out Mr. or Ms. Right was just Mr. or Ms. Right Now), one thing is for sure: the way you react to your external circumstances can make or break you as an entrepreneur.
If I realized anything over the past few years, it was this: Your attitude impacts everything. It directs your mind, your behavior, and most importantly, the energy you put out there in every aspect of your life.
If you want to master one of the most underrated secrets for how to be successful in life, take a look at your energy and your attitude. If you're like me, and you believe energy is contagious, think about what you want people to catch from you.
You won't be taught in business school to have a "positive attitude." But a positive attitude will be your secret success weapon in all areas of your life in your business, relationship goals, friendships, family, and self.
Before you categorize this as "new age mumbo jumbo," when I say that meditation helped me to have a positive attitude, I’m not suggesting you move to India to join the Hari Krishna, shower in pachouli oil, or book a sabbatical up north in a montestary to chant and ignore your current life challenges. I’m also not talking about being "trendy spiritual" because Madonna is doing it, or suppressing any real emotions that you may be experiencing. The path to positivity is often dealing with, and moving through, what you are truly feeling - which means accepting all parts of your emotional spectrum.
What I’m suggesting is to become aware of how much power you have inside of you that may not be currently accessing, and take responsibility for the impact your reactionary attitude has on the quality of your life, and on others.
Here's the deal. Even if you have good intentions, walk on the "other" side of wild, and work really hard, if you don’t also have your energetic skills mastered, aka the ability to develop and exude a genuine positive attitude, you’re not going to be as fulfilled or mindblowingly successful as you deserve to be.
That's exactly why I meditate. I sit still every day, before I make plans, before I say yes when I mean no, before I head into a full day of Skype calls with clients. I work in morning meetings after I take my time to clear my energy and get myself in check. Anyone who knows me says I'm "high speed," according to my friends, family, clients, and trusted accupuncturist. Operating at 100 mph, you can imagine that winding down my mind is no easy task. In fact, it's friggin' HARD. And yet, meditating made me mindful, and being mindful made me feel like superwoman.
Contrary to popular belief, my secret to success is simple: slow down, take an honest look at what's driving a wedge between you and the positive forces of the universe. Slowing down made me more positive, because protecting my positive life force means saying no to toxic relationships, messy clients, and feeling drained. Positive energy made me money. It brought in celebrity clients, sans egos. Meditation got me clear on what I wanted, who I wanted it with, and where I wanted to have less hustle and more life. It silenced the noise between my ears that told me I was confused about who I was and the legacy I was working towards. Mediation brought me more joy, four island vacations last year, three ninja assistants, and copious personal space. It got my butt to the gym. It made me kick coffee. It helped my goals become crystal clear. It made me fall deeply in love with my work.
Meditation, or mindfulness, has been on the rise these past few years, becoming popular in both personal life and the workplace (you've heard about Hyatt Hotels hosting mediation rooms for corporate travelers, right?). But, what is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the practice of staying in the moment, focusing our breath, and regulating our thoughts. Studies have shown that mindfulness has the ability to change our brains and our interactions with the world. (Did you guys hear that? It literally changes brains).
Here are 9 ways having strong Meditation Game can help you conquer a negative mindset, and make your beautiful spirit contagiously happy, hot, and rich.
Improve Your Focus
Odds are you are going to check your email at least once while reading this post. (I know I’ve checked my Twitter while writing this.) Mindfulness helps with attention-spans and therefore helps with our ability to focus. The goal of mindfulness is to stay in the present, and when we do, our minds are less likely to roam. Mindfulness affects the area of the brain known for self-regulation. With more self-regulation, we are able to stay on tasks longer and avoid meaningless time-consuming habits, like checking our emails every other second.
Studies show that those who practice mindfulness often find more meaning in the little and hard things in life. Don’t like your job or your co-worker? Mindfulness can help. Meditation can build up resilience in the brain, and that resilience helps us to understand and overcome annoyances that may get us down. Mindfulness helps reduce tunnel vision, and broadens our ability to dream bigger.
Help You Become a Better Listener
Can you hear me now? Like its capability to increase focus, mindfulness can help us to become better listeners. Have you ever been in a conversation with someone, but eventually your own thoughts are louder than his words? We’ve all been culprits. Because mindfulness helps keep us in the moment, we can better pay attention to the flow of information.
Help You Become a Better Leader
Mindfulness can help deepen the qualities needed to be a good leader. Practicing mindfulness and meditation helps increase mental capacity in certain parts of the brain that control perception, complex thinking, and introspection. Like we said before, mindfulness helps us to regulate thoughts and to listen, which strengthens the ability to be more empathetic and to be more effective decision making.
Help You Embrace Criticism
We all love criticism, right? Wrong. Accepting criticism, especially negative criticism, is a hard thing for most of us to do. Mindfulness can help us take criticism more effectively. Negative feedback can cause fear, a flight or fight reaction that can shut down parts of our brain. But with the practice of mindfulness, we can slow down our brain, keep in the present, and therefore reduce anxiety. Mindfulness helps us listen and take in information, and gives us a chance to consider what is being said and comprehend calmly, reinforcing our ability move on and move up.
We all get down on ourselves every once in awhile. Whether it grows out of words from others or our own negative thoughts, low self-esteem can affect anyone. Like its ability to help us accept criticism, mindfulness can help us work through confidence issues. Because it helps us stay in the moment, mindfulness helps us to embrace thoughts and actions without judgment. With continued practice, we can combat negative thoughts by looking at them for what they are: simple thoughts.
Literally, hippocampus means “sea monster” in Greek. But besides its being a mythological creature, the hippocampus is also the part of the brain that helps with self-awareness and compassion. Self-awareness and compassion are both qualities that are fundamental in building relationships. Mindfulness helps increase the function of the hippocampus, therefore allowing us to be more empathetic and aware. When we are more empathetic we are more likely to form friendships and be effective team players.
Let Go of Stress
Stress. The 6-letter word that is the bane of our existence. Stress has all kinds of negative effects on our bodies. Stress can shrink your brain, hurt your cells, and damage your overall health. Some practice in mindfulness helps stop and reverse these effects. When you close your eyes and focus on your breath, your body slows down and the repercussions of stress are diminished. When we are not stress, we are more likely to be calm and get more work done.
Improve Mental Wellbeing
Mindfulness is often correlated with health and overall wellbeing. Because mindfulness prompts us to be in the present, it increases engagement with those around us, therefore increasing our emotional intelligence. Like stress, meditation can combat worry and excessive thoughts. With increased engagement, we can look at situations with new perspectives, often giving ourselves the ability to look at different ways to complete a task.
Mindfulness should be as important and routine as going to the gym. The more we practice, the more benefits we receive. While you may not be able to give a full hour everyday, try to incorporate it into your lifestyle as much as you can. There are often free mindfulness workshops and classes you can attend, as well as apps that can help you practice.
Do you practice mindfulness? In what ways has mindfulness improved your life?